Ex-Washington Huskies player Richard H. Lee is one stroke behind leaders Roberto Castro and James Hahn in the Humana Challenge, a PGA Tour...

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Ex-Husky Lee is 1 shot

off lead in Tour event

Ex-Washington Huskies player Richard H. Lee is one stroke behind leaders Roberto Castro and James Hahn in the Humana Challenge, a PGA Tour event being staged at three Southern California courses.

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Lee, who also competed for Newport High in Bellevue and what is now Bellevue College, shot a 7-under-par 65 at the PGA West Arnold Palmer Private Course on Friday and is tied for third place with a 36-hole total of 13-under 131.

Castro shot a 67 at the same course and Hahn had a 67 at La Quinta Country Club.

There are 156 players in the field. Jeff Gove of Seattle and Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor are among those tied for 130th place at 2 under.

Andres Gonzales of Olympia is among those tied for 145th place at 1 over, and ex-UW Husky Troy Kelly is tied for 149th at 2 over.

McIlroy, Woods fail

to make Abu Dhabi cut

Top-ranked Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and second-ranked Tiger Woods each missed the cut at the Abu Dhabi Championship, a European Tour event.

American Woods missed the cut after he was penalized two shots for wrongly taking a free drop. McIlroy was frustrated trying to adjust to his new Nike clubs, even though he used his old Titleist putter in the second round. Both finished with 3-over 75s in the second round.

Players with 36-hole scores worse than 146 missed the cut. Woods was at 147 after the penalty and McIlroy was at 150.

Justin Rose of England led at 136.

Champions play begins

David Frost shot a 7-under 65 in the first event of the 50-and-older Champions Tour season.

Seattle native Fred Couples and Kirk Triplett, a Pullman High graduate, were among six at 66 at Hualalai in Ka’upulehu-Kona, Hawaii.


Giants agree to terms

Outfielder Hunter Pence and catcher-first baseman Buster Posey agreed to one-year contracts with the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

Pence got a $13.8 million deal and Posey, last year’s National League most valuable player, has an $8 million deal.

According to The Associated Press, 81 players reached agreements and 36 are headed toward arbitration hearings next month.

American League players agreeing to one-year deals included Boston outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury for $9 million and pitcher Jason Vargas, a former Mariner, with the Los Angeles Angels for $8.5 million.


Azarenka advances

Defending champion Victoria Azarenka of Belarus beat American Jamie Hampton 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 in the third round of the Australian Open in Melbourne. Hampton was hampered by a lower-back problem.

American Serena Williams, seeded third, beat Ayumi Morita of Japan 6-1, 6-3.

Gussie Moran dies at 89

Gertrude “Gussie” Moran, who shocked the then-modest tennis world when she took the court at Wimbledon wearing a short skirt and ruffled underwear in 1949, died Wednesday at her apartment in Los Angeles. She was 89.

Moran had colon cancer. She was ranked as high as fourth in the United States during her playing career.


• American Robby Gordon won the 13th stage of the Dakar Rally in Chile, and Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel kept his lead in the overall standings with one day to go.

Peterhansel is expected to win his 11th Dakar title barring a mishap, as he leads the car standings by 44 minutes, 38 seconds over Giniel de Villiers of South Africa.

In motorbikes, defending champion Cyril Despres of France closed in on his fifth Dakar title.

• Olympic champion Evan Lysacek has withdrawn from the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which start Thursday in Omaha, Neb., because of a slow recovery from surgery on a sports hernia.

Lysacek, 27, had the surgery in November. He has been training but is not ready for competition. He has not competed since the Vancouver Olympics in 2010.

• French skier Alexis Pinturault won a World Cup super-combined event in Wengen, Switzerland. His combined time for downhill and slalom runs was 2 minutes, 41.62 seconds.

Ivica Kostelic of Croatia was runner-up in 2:42.77. Will Brandenburg of Spokane was 42nd in the downhill and didn’t finish the slalom.

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